A nice point is made by +Christopher Hill here.
My whinge: I have just taken delivery of a new computer which has Windows 8. Is this operating system the worst idea Microsoft has ever had?
Otherwise today is Saturday. The mighty Bulls play the possibly-once-were-mighty-Crusaders tonight (rugby) and I have an invite to a corporate box. How good is that! (Later: it was a corporate occasion, but not in a corporate box. The Crusaders were back to their mighty best, blowing the Bulls off the park, 41-19, six tries to one!)
While rounding up on a Saturday, there is an interesting story unfolding in Virginia. Short version: Anglican departure from Episcopal church, friendship between departing vicarBaucum and his former bishop Johnston, both speak at a reconciliation conference arranged by ++Justin at Coventry about their friendship, Johnston invites John Dominic (there was no resurrection because Jesus was eaten by dogs) Crossan to speak to his colleagues, end of friendship.
The Living Church has a responsible report here. Embedded there is a fascinating example of 'lack of logic' which (in my view) verges on 'self-deceit': +Johnston protests that Crossan's beliefs run contrary to his own yet, "Nonetheless, I will not be a censor of ideas, a roadblock to inquiry that is grounded in a search for ‘God with us.’" Er, Bishop, to not be a censor is not equivalent to I must invite John Dominic Crossan to speak to my clergy. "Censor" here would be, "forbidding my clergy to read Crossan's works". I sense that at the heart of the turmoil in TEC which we who are far away observe and misunderstand in respect of 'But why do parishioners and clergy feel they need to leave such a church?' is the sheer frustration of this kind of lack of logic and sleight of hand thinking.
(I like John Dominic Crossan whom I have heard in person and whose substantive works on historical Jesus and historical beginnings of Christianity I have read. He is a charming Irishman. Completely wrong about Jesus. And about the beginnings of Christianity. Ergo, no point in inviting him to disseminate his errors and heresies to clergy. Wrong, by the way and briefly, because his version of Jesus' life is "nothing to see here" which begs the question how and why the gospel of nothing spread and the movement of a nobody eaten by dogs continued after Holy Saturday!)